2013 Game Recaps

The Colbert Hamels Report: Not Good in Loss to Indians

After a disastrous trip to Cleveland two weeks ago, the Phillies could have exacted revenge with a quick two-game sweep. Instead, they were blown out on Wednesday afternoon, losing 10-4 to the Indians. Starter Cole Hamels was rocked and the bullpen followed suit.

BAD COLE’d:

-After six consecutive starts throwing six innings or more and allowing three runs or less, Hamels was rocked by the Indians in the series finale. He allowed five runs on six hits in five innings and labored from the start. His record is now 1-6.

-His pitch count was an issue from the get-go, reaching 51 pitches through just two innings. His fastball is also a problem. Going into Wednesday’s game with Cleveland, Hamels’ 4-seam fastball had been getting tagged at a .330 clip. The Indians hit several hard hit fastballs off him in this start, including Mike Aviles’ home run and Jason Kipnis’ double. Mark Reynolds doubled on a cutter that scored two runs and Nick Swisher hit a two-run shot in the fifth on it, something Hamels has shied away from more recently. However, his change up and occasional curveball are still fooling hitters as much as ever.

-With the fastball, the location is certainly lacking. Hamels is walking guys at a ridiculous rate, so clearly something is up. Matt Gelb tweeted some speculation that perhaps the shoulder ailment he had over the winter is affecting him. Of course, no one from the Phillies, Hamels included, has mentioned it. But keep that one nearby.

-The bullpen struggled again today. Chad Durbin has to be on a short leash. He got the first two men out, then walked the pitcher Cory Kluber and gave up a single to the next batter Drew Stubbs. Durbin then gave way to Jeremy Horst, who allowed two runs to score on a hard-hit single up the middle. Horst can’t seem to string good games together, either.

-Phillippe Aumont got through his inning with a double-play, but Raul Valdes got tagged for three runs in his inning of work. Just when you think the pen is turning a corner they allow the game to get out of reach.

PHILS STRUGGLE WITH KLUBER

-Just call him Kluber Lang. Corey Kluber is a pitcher the Phillies have never seen before. He also entered play Wednesday with a 5.64 ERA. And yet he’s another middling pitcher who skates by. You’d think that because the Phillies have not seen him, they’d allow themselves to take some pitches and see what the guys has. Not so. Again they swing away instead of making the pitcher work. Kluber went six innings, allowing three runs and striking out five.

-Jimmy Rollins kept it close with a two-run double in the fifth inning, scoring John Mayberry Jr. and Carlos Ruiz. Rollins has been struggling to stay near .250 recently, but he smashed a rope down the line and finished the day 2-for-3 with three RBI.

-The middle of the order was a big problem today. Utley, Young, Howard, Young, and Brown combined to go 2-for-19, with both hits going to Delmon.

13 Comments

13 Comments

  1. Glutenous

    May 15, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    Oh, Cole. And to think that I thought this would be the year he would finally compete for a Cy Young. How wrong I was.

  2. Bart Shart

    May 15, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    I gave my tickets to today’s game to my grandkids. I just could not get excited enough about this Phils team to go to the game. Also, the Orioles are looking for a front-line starter. Perhaps we could get a king’s ransom of solid minor-league talent for Cole Hamels? And save a bundle of money at the same time.

    • rellis

      May 15, 2013 at 5:57 pm

      I wouldn’t object to Cole being traded to Baltimore and not for the reason most people would want him traded. I just think a change of scenery would benefit him although he still maintains that he loves these fans. I am not upset with his new contract because he went above and beyond what the team asked of him to earn it. And I do think he deserves it. But, the team opted to keep him and that is on the team, not Cole . If anyone thinks he is complacent with the money, they would be flat out wrong. Nothing Cole Hamels has ever done makes me believe he is all about the money. He is going through some issues that are uncharacteristic of his pitching talent through the years and now all I hear is how bad he has always been. Short memories in this town. I think Cole would thrive in Baltimore though.

  3. Bruce

    May 15, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    Oh my goodness! The Phillies are not getting ace-like results with Hamels. He now has a 4.61 ERA, and the Phillies are 1-8 in his starts. Phillies fans will soon be asking questions.. Is Hamels hiding a injury due to an ineffective fastball? Is he being complacent with his new contract worth $144 million for 6 years? Will one of the PN writers compare Hamels to Joe Blanton? Will fans want Hamels to be traded?

    Stay tuned… (chuckles)

  4. teejvee

    May 15, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    tick….tick…..tick….how long before we hear Hamels is placed on the 15 day DL for elbow/shoulder soreness?

  5. Mike in NJ

    May 16, 2013 at 8:15 am

    I’m more concerned with the bats (or lack of) and the moronic way they play baseball. I was literally pulling my hair out Tuesday when, after the frickin pitcher has a nine pitch at bat, Jimmy Pop-up lived up to his name and pops up on the first pitch. Almost no one on this team works a count. They are making too many base running errors. They are misplaying routine grounders and fly balls.

    This is and has been a dumb team for years. Everyone’s favorite whipping boys for dumb baseball (Victorino and Pence) are long gone, and they still make at least one bone-headed play per game. I guess it’s true about a team taking on the personality of the manager.

    • schmenkman

      May 16, 2013 at 8:54 am

      Rollins’ career stats:

      first pitch: .331 avg, .847 OPS
      all others: .261 avg, .745 OPS

      Even so, he only swings at the first pitch about 20% of the time: 22% this year, 15% last year. Maybe he should do that more often.

    • G7

      May 16, 2013 at 11:49 am

      Utley, M. Young, Brown and Ruiz do know how to work counts and have pretty good plate discipline..

    • Chuck A.

      May 16, 2013 at 6:26 pm

      Yeah, Mike in NJ….they’ve been so dumb and the manager has been so dumb for years that they won 5 straight division titles, 2 pennants and a WFC. Pretty freakin’ dumb.

  6. Lefty

    May 16, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    You know what, this is not going to be a popular comment, but I believe the importance of this plate discipline thing is taken too far. Most really good pitchers want to get ahead in the count. -Sometimes- that first pitch is the best one you are going to see. IMO- Chase looks at too many good pitches, he’d be better off swinging at a few more.

    Think about Lee and Hamels and Doc, they throw first pitch strikes, maybe they aren’t meatballs, maybe they are on the corners and still hard to hit, but they are strikes and -sometimes- that’s how the other team gets to them.

    I used to hear from my players that they like to see the first one so they know what they are dealing with. I would tell them- How about sitting up on the dugout steps like Pete Rose used to do, so you know what you’re likely to see on the first pitch. Swinging and missing at first pitches and looking at first pitch called strikes gives you the same result – 0-1

    i know the moneyball goal is to make the pitch count go up so you can get to mid relief, but if you can hit the starter hard by going after his first pitch, you still can knock him out of the game by scoring on him too much.

    • G7

      May 16, 2013 at 12:54 pm

      Only if its a fastball in the hitting zone, and sometimes you will see Utley swing at that one..a lot depends on pitcher, first time around you should try to see as many pitches as possible..this helps with later ab’s.

      • George

        May 16, 2013 at 4:28 pm

        If the first pitch looks like it can be hit, it should be swung at, even if it’s a curveball. Running up pitch counts should be secondary to actually getting on base and scoring runs. I’m with Lefty on this one.

      • G7

        May 16, 2013 at 8:34 pm

        You won’t be very successful swinging at 1st pitch breaking balls in the bigs!

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